Sep 22 2016

News - GIGABYTE GB-BSi7HAL-6500 reviewed @ Anandtech

With two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, this might just make the perfect router. Except that it's noisy, the i7 is probably overkill, and it's not that cheap (why, oh why, can't there be a dual LAN i3 "NUC"?).

Jan 13 2016

News - Double length GIGABYTE BRIX POC

I reviewed the Iris Pro Brix so I have more than a passing familiarity with the platform. While it was a nice system, it was simply too much CPU in such a tiny box (read loud). So in concept, I can kind of see where GIGABYTE is going with the double length BRIX concept AnandTech is showing off, but on the other hand... the whole point of mini-PCs is that they are small. Small enough to stick on the back of a monitor and roll your own AIO, so I'm not really sold on the idea unless they use the extra size to make something a lot more targeted a the HTPC market. Like a passive BRIX Iris Pro Sky Lake with a BD drive Smile.

Have a look at the board on AnandTech, then let us know what you think of the idea in the comments.

Dec 21 2015

News - GIGABYTE GA-Z170N-WIFI reviewed @ aph networks

With m.2, 2x Intel NIC the GIGABYTE GA-Z170N-WIFI looks like a really solid foundation for a HTPC or mini server, it is a bit disappointing that DisplayPort didn't make the cut...

Jan 13 2014

News - Gigabyte @ CES 2014

Gigabyte was focused mainly at the PC high-end, but there were a few tidbits for HTPC enthusiasts as well. The BRIX was probably the most interesting thing in the bunch though with several different options either just out, or coming soon.

May 28 2013

News - GIGABYTE Launches BRIX Mini-PC


As we march towards more efficient CPUs it is great to see OEMs taking advantage of the inherent capabilities to deliver smaller form factors. We saw it with Intel's NUC, where they provided a very cabable bare-bones HTPC, and now GIGABYTE has come out with something similar. I'm really happy to see more vendors/competition in this space.

Full PR after the click.

Aug 29 2012

News - MSI and Gigabyte Unveil New Mini-ITX Motherboards

We are currently about halfway through the release cycle of the most recent Intel processor family. Ivy Bridge has now been with us for several months and we are still several months from the release of Haswell, Ivy Bridge's successor. For processor afficionados, these might be the doldrums, but for anyone looking to go Mini-ITX for a new HTPC or home server build, MSI and Gigabyte might have what you need to spark a bit of excitement. MSI has announced the Z77IA-E53, a new high-end Mini-ITX board based on the Intel Z77 chipset. The Z77IA-E53 is overclocking-friendly for those so inclined and packs the usual accoutrements such as a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot and 4 SATA ports, but it also comes with a mini-PCI-Express slot and a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth dongle.

The rest of the features include single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, one mini PCI-Express slot, two DDR3 DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 (2600 OC) memory, two SATA 6Gbps and two SATA 3Gbps ports, eSATA port, four USB 3.0 ports (two via header), six USB 2.0 ports, integrated 7.1-channel audio, HDMI and D-Sub outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, integrated (via dongle) 802.11bgn WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.


Gigabyte H77N-WiFi

Gigabyte is also showing the Z77 chipset some Mini-ITX love with the Z77N-WiFi. Gigabyte's take of the Z77 looks to be fairly similr to MSI's, except that rather than provide Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via dongle, Gigabyte has chose to provider an adapter that fits into the board's mini-PCI Express slot with antenna outs on the back panel. HTPC builders will probably be drawn more to the H77N-WiFi, with should provide just about all of the same functionality with its H77 chipset as the Z77N-WiFi, but at lower price and with an S/PDIF output to boot.

With the exception of the name silk-screened on the board, the H77N-WiFi looks all but identical to the Z77N. Although the platform hub hiding under the heatsink is different, you don't lose much with the H77. The lack of support for dual-x8 multi-GPU configurations is moot given the board's single PCIe x16 slot. The H77 offers only limited multiplier control for overclockers, but the cramped nature of Mini-ITX enclosures is far from ideal for pushing clock speeds.


Dec 15 2011

News - Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Fusion Mini ITX Motherboard Reviewed

For a while there we couldn't cruise the Internet without stumbling across a review of the AMD E-350 processor and motherboard platform. The Gigabyte E350N-USB3 couples the E-350 with a mini-ITX motherboard making for a promising base upon which to build a small low-power HTPC. The folks over at PC Perspective have given the Gigabyte E350N-USB3 their usual thorough work over. 

Gigabyte E350N-USB3

AMD's Fusion technology has worked out well for the company in 2011 and many vendors have reaped the benefits by including this platform in their mini ITX motherboards and netbook offerings. Gigabyte found room in their product line to feature this chipset in its GA-E350N-USB3. 

PC Perspective

Nov 11 2011

News - Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Reviewed

Another day, another E350 review. This time Gigabyte is representing the Brazos platform with the E350N-USB3. The inclusion of USB 3.0 support is certainly a nice touch, though I would prefer to see more SATA connections if I was looking to use the board in a low-power server build. The inclusion of a CPU fan for use in partcularly demanding builds is also a nice touch as most Hudson boards do not offer an option for adding an aftermarket fan. That being said, hopefully the inclusion of the fan isn't a sign that Gigabyte didn't offer a capable enough heatsink. The E350 APU's greatest asset is the performance that it offers in a chip that is relatively easy to cool passively.

Gigabyte E350N-USB3

When it comes to putting together a small functional PC for your parents or an HTPC for your living room there is a lot more to take into account than normal. In these situations noise, power usage, video performance, and cost also need to be considered. That’s what AMD had in mind when introducing their E350 with AMD Fusion Technology earlier this year.


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